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Post by mikey_dragon on Mon 10 Sep 2018, 2:10 am

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Never too early right? Warren Gatland, one of the leading coaches in world rugby, will step down after the 2018/19 season with fellow Kiwi and current Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac succeeding him. Gatland is Wales’ longest serving head coach in the professional era.

2018 AUTUMN TESTS

(at Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

Saturday, 3 November

Wales v Scotland (14:45 GMT)

Saturday, 10 November

Wales v Australia (17:20 GMT)

Saturday, 17 November

Wales v Tonga (14:30 GMT)

Saturday, 24 November

Wales v South Africa (17:20 GMT)

2019 SIX NATIONS

Friday, 1 February

France v Wales (Stade de France; 20:00 GMT)

Saturday, 9 February

Italy v Wales (Stadio Olimpico; 16:45 GMT)

Saturday, 23 February

Wales v England (Principality Stadium; 16:45 GMT)

Saturday, 9 March

Scotland v Wales (Murrayfield; 14:15 GMT)

Saturday, 16 March

Wales v Ireland (Principality Stadium; 14:45 GMT)

2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP WARM-UPS

Sunday, 11 August

England v Wales (Twickenham; ko tbc)

Saturday, 17 August

Wales v England (Principality Stadium; ko tbc)

Saturday, 31 August

Wales v Ireland (Principality Stadium; ko tbc)

Saturday, 7 September

Ireland v Wales (Aviva Stadium; ko tbc)

2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP - Pool D

Monday, 23 September

Wales v Georgia (Toyota Stadium, Toyota City; 11:15 BST)

Sunday, 2 September

Wales v Australia (Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo; 08:45 BST)

Wednesday, 9 October

Wales v Fiji (Oita Stadium, Oita; 10:45 BST)

Sunday, 13 October

Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium, Kumamoto City; 09:15 BST)

*Note that dates and times are subject to change

Not out of ordinary to hope for an autumn clean sweep and if we are to do well at the World Cup then that way of thinking becomes necessity. Australia will be our toughest game, SA will be twice as good as the last 5 SA teams we’ve played against. 6N starts with two away games with France up first - that I think we can win but need to move away from the attritional play, it didn’t work last season. Should be a close tournament with also what I suspect will be an improved Italy. Those RWC warm-ups will be brutal, but if held in August then all teams should be at full strength injuries permitting. Pretty good preparation, but need to win all home games at least.

If the World Cup fixture list is correct then it works in our favour. Hopefully we go in on the back of some momentum, we face a tough but very winnable game first up. Short turnaround between Fiji and Uruguay, but Uruguay is the team you’d like to make changes against. I think we should make some wholesale changes for that, perhaps a similar team to what recently faced off against the Puma’s. We should still get maximum points.

My extended Wales squad for the entire season (players added and removed at Gatlands discretion at different points throughout the season).
Prop: Rob Evans, Nicky Smith, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Tomas Francis, Leon Brown, Dillon Lewis
Hooker: Ken Owens, Elliott Dee, Ryan Elias, Scott Otten
Lock: Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Jake Ball, Adam Beard
Back row: Aaron Shingler, Ross Moriarty, Taulupe Faletau, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Ellis Jenkins, Ollie Griffiths
Scrum half: Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Rhodri Williams, Jonny Evans, Rhys Webb
Outside half: Rhys Patchell, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Dan Jones
Centre: Hadleigh Parkes, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Scott Williams, Cory Allen
Back three: Liam Williams, George North, Steffan Evans, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Dafydd Howells, Leigh Halfpenny

Actual squads to be added below each time they are announced.


Under Armour Series: Wales v Scotland, Australia, Tonga & South Africa
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Dates: Saturdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 November


Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Leon Brown (Dragons), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Ospreys), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Ospreys), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons).
Backs: Aled Davies (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Tyler Morgan (Dragons), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors), Steffan Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers), Luke Morgan (Ospreys), George North (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Saracens).
http://www.606v2.com/t67927p50-wales-2018-2019-fixture-list-included-and-squad-to-be-added#3743020


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Post by Pie on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 3:10 am

Gatland does it again, picks a wildcard to get everyone talking about that and nothing else until the interest wears off. Did it with the last flanker guy...cant even remember his name. I hope Jonah has more luck. Pity Lane is injured but he has a glut of outside backs. In fact the squad looks strong with 8 certain picks not included it still looks none too shabby. I expect Wales will win at home v Scots and if Anscombe can finally reproduce his club form at the big house...could even go a clean sweep if they do beat Scots. Only SA ought to have a sniff at stopping them in Cardiff. Happy days for the men in red.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 4:06 am

RiscaGame wrote:Never heard of Jonah Holmes.

Feel sorry for Ollie Griffiths. If there was a Dragins backrower to miss out, I would have swapped him for Wainwright.

Would have had him over Wainright too. If Gatland was adamant he wanted Wainright then I'd have taken Griffiths over Tipuric. Is Navidi injured? Didn't hear anything over the weekend. The back-row selection seems a bit odd. Ellis Jenkins is a very good 7. Not sure about Lydiate, just don't feel he can bring what Shingler did.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 4:15 am

Aside from the back-row, Holmes is the very odd one indeed. That spot should have gone to Daf Howells - in good form, can also play 15, playing in Wales... I guess there wasn't anyone else outside of Howells.
Picking Holmes is almost as strange as randomly capping Howells when he was an 18 year-old welsh prem player... Luke Morgan is another crap one. The boi can't tackle for toffee and has been that way since U20s, hence only getting Bridgend representation since then (until now). Hopefully he's got a lot better and proves me wrong, but I doubt it.
Steff Evans isn't in great form either, the same for Tyler Morgan. I'm glad North, Williams and Halfpenny are in good form.

Any English here who watch Biggar play every week?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 4:18 am

LordDowlais wrote:Dafydd Howells, Ashton Hewitt, George Gasson, Jarrod Rosser, Ryan Conbeer, Ashley Evans, Morgan Griffiths, Tom Williams.

Or if not a winger, Cory Allen has been playing well this season, give him another chance.

Look, I know most of the players listed are a bit wet behind the ears, and I do not know what the injury status is with some of them, but Gatland has history of bringing young players into the fold to expose them to international levels.

I would rather us do this than go down the granny gate route, unless it was absolute necessary.

Only Howells is the sensible option here. For some reason you've listed A-team/fringe players and injured players alongside him. Cory Allen is a good shout as he can play wing too. I would have selected Allen over Tyler Morgan who will likely get injured this weekend or in Wales training - discounting last weekends training run his form hasn't looked good either. Holmes is a strange option, but Gatland always does this.

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Post by LordDowlais on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9:13 am

mikey_dragon wrote:For some reason you've listed A-team/fringe players

I was thinking along the lines, like what he did with Tom Prydie. He was not even in the 1st team at the time.

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Post by munkian on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9:21 am

mikey_dragon wrote:Aside from the back-row, Holmes is the very odd one indeed. That spot should have gone to Daf Howells - in good form, can also play 15, playing in Wales... I guess there wasn't anyone else outside of Howells.
Picking Holmes is almost as strange as randomly capping Howells when he was an 18 year-old welsh prem player... Luke Morgan is another crap one. The boi can't tackle for toffee and has been that way since U20s, hence only getting Bridgend representation since then (until now). Hopefully he's got a lot better and proves me wrong, but I doubt it.
Steff Evans isn't in great form either, the same for Tyler Morgan. I'm glad North, Williams and Halfpenny are in good form.

Any English here who watch Biggar play every week?

Admittedly NH are poopie atm but Biggar isn't helping them at all.
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Post by munkian on Wed 17 Oct 2018, 9:51 am

RiscaGame wrote:Seemingly Jonah Holmes used to beat Christian Wade at sprints up to 40m and is no slouch at 100m either.

Leaves him for dead in one of his tries here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4BYGp9cc0I
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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4:22 am

LordDowlais wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:For some reason you've listed A-team/fringe players

I was thinking along the lines, like what he did with Tom Prydie. He was not even in the 1st team at the time.

Yeah same with Howells like alluded to. I'm not really fan of that, I think we still have enough wingers to not be giving out novelty caps. Must be what he has in mind with Luke Morgan, but still don't see much reasoning for Englishman Holmes. Howells for me, but he's at the wrong region (like Griffiths).

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 18 Oct 2018, 4:24 am

munkian wrote:

Admittedly NH are poopie atm but Biggar isn't helping them at all.

Surprised. Good squad and now a very good coach, I thought they'd do better. Possibly one of Patch or Anscombe to start at 10 then, I guess one or the other could start in the same team albeit at 15.

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Post by PhilBB on Thu 18 Oct 2018, 8:55 am

I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....
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Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 2:10 am

PhilBB wrote:I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....

Not sure why you’re surprised when it’s pretty obvious why GA is there.... then again, dull people like you believe 1. Priestland is still good; 2. Blues first team is unclear when Wilson spent the previous two years building it.

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Post by PhilBB on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 8:53 am

mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....

Not sure why you’re surprised when it’s pretty obvious why GA is there.... then again, dull people like you believe 1. Priestland is still good; 2. Blues first team is unclear when Wilson spent the previous two years building it.

I don't believe that Cardiff Blues' first team is unclear at all, so nice try - but another fail.

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Post by RiscaGame on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 12:34 pm

munkian wrote:
RiscaGame wrote:Seemingly Jonah Holmes used to beat Christian Wade at sprints up to 40m and is no slouch at 100m either.

Leaves him for dead in one of his tries here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4BYGp9cc0I

Finally got to watch that. Cheers.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 12:41 am

PhilBB wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....

Not sure why you’re surprised when it’s pretty obvious why GA is there.... then again, dull people like you believe 1. Priestland is still good; 2. Blues first team is unclear when Wilson spent the previous two years building it.

I don't believe that Cardiff Blues' first team is unclear at all, so nice try - but another fail.


You suggested that Mulvihill didn’t know his first team and after I probed you it was clear you didn’t either. So it’s not a fail.

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Post by Newsilure on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 9:32 am

mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....

Not sure why you’re surprised when it’s pretty obvious why GA is there.... then again, dull people like you believe 1. Priestland is still good; 2. Blues first team is unclear when Wilson spent the previous two years building it.

I don't believe that Cardiff Blues' first team is unclear at all, so nice try - but another fail.


You suggested that Mulvihill didn’t know his first team and after I probed you it was clear you didn’t either. So it’s not a fail.

Where Anscombe plays for the Blues is all about Jarrod Evans doing more for the team than Nipper. Anscombe's the Blues best 10 and our best 15 but Evans and Anscombe together are a better combination than Anscombe and Nipper. Jarrod is definitely learning and it is quite possible that he will become better than Anscombe … but not yet.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 1:09 am

So Gats is in NZ following the death of his father, not yet mentioned here so I guess he isn’t well repsected or thought of. I hope he is back in time for the autumn series, otherwise we’re stuck with Dumb and Dumber again and will be staring down the barrel of four straight losses.

"Rob has stepped up and been in this position before so it has not affected us too much. We have always had the flexibility to change things on the hoof."

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 1:10 am

We are also not looking good on the injury front after recently picking up a few more, and will be without England-based players for the opening match with Scotland.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 1:12 am

Newsilure wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
PhilBB wrote:I'm surprised that Anscombe is listed as a 10 when I'm told Jarrod Evans is a better outside half....

Not sure why you’re surprised when it’s pretty obvious why GA is there.... then again, dull people like you believe 1. Priestland is still good; 2. Blues first team is unclear when Wilson spent the previous two years building it.

I don't believe that Cardiff Blues' first team is unclear at all, so nice try - but another fail.


You suggested that Mulvihill didn’t know his first team and after I probed you it was clear you didn’t either. So it’s not a fail.

Where Anscombe plays for the Blues is all about Jarrod Evans doing more for the team than Nipper. Anscombe's the Blues best 10 and our best 15 but Evans and Anscombe together are a better combination than Anscombe and Nipper. Jarrod is definitely learning and it is quite possible that he will become better than Anscombe … but not yet.

Probably all of that too but there’s no denying that Jarrod was a far better 10 when he stepped up last season. He is now in the squad as a loc replacement....

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Post by mikey_dragon on Sun 04 Nov 2018, 4:28 pm

Changes for Aus? Would like to see Liam Williams, Jake Ball/Adam Beard, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Ellis Jenkins enter the starting team.

Back-row is the difficult one to select for me, bar Jenkins coming in at 7.

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Post by Pie on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 2:48 am

For Aus, Wales need Williams for Morgan, Evans for Smith, Ball for Hill, Jenkins for Lydiate. Then Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, Lydiate, Williams, Biggar and Anscombe on bench.

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Post by majesticimperialman on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 5:47 am

The game against Australia, will it be Ascome at 10 or will Biggar be starting.

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Post by LordDowlais on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 8:20 am

majesticimperialman wrote:The game against Australia, will it be Ascome at 10 or will Biggar be starting.  

I wouldn't pick neither, I would start with Patchell and have Anscombe on the bench.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 11:20 am

How's Patchell been playing this season? I haven't seen much of the Scarlets.

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Post by munkian on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 11:21 am

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:How's Patchell been playing this season? I haven't seen much of the Scarlets.

Not so well that he should replace Anscombe with bugger all game time and returning from HIA.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 11:24 am

I knew he'd been out for a bit, but was he playing well before that?

I don't think there's any reason for Anscombe to be dropped.

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Post by munkian on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 11:27 am

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I knew he'd been out for a bit, but was he playing well before that?

I don't think there's any reason for Anscombe to be dropped.

Sorry, was more in response to Mikey.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Mon 05 Nov 2018, 11:57 pm

munkian wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:I knew he'd been out for a bit, but was he playing well before that?

I don't think there's any reason for Anscombe to be dropped.

Sorry, was more in response to Mikey.


You sure?

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